Dear Me, on the Last Day of School
Do I remember
I enjoy reading from 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' and 'Light in the Attic' to my students each year. Intermediate students enjoy the rhythm, rhyme, and surprise elements of Shel Silverstein's poetry.
In the spirit of Shel Silverstein's poetry, I have written a new poem to read on the first day of school to my new class: "Dear Me On the Last Day of School".
Then, as a free write, I'll give my students a list of Sentence Starters to finish. (see below)
Students may choose to recopy my poem in their own handwriting, or staple a printed copy of the poem to their written responses.
We'll fold our sheets to fit envelopes labeled with "June" and each student's name.
Sealed envelopes will be collected and stored until the last day of school. If a child moves away, I'll mail his or her "June" envelope to the new school at the end of the year. For 'move ins', I'll have extra copies available; we can easily change 'September' to another month.
Note: If your school year ends in a different month, it's easy enough to change "June" to "May"—or any other time of year.
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